Say Sorry Saxonwold

2016-11-04 13:49

I am “Newsed Out.” Exhausted. Overstimulated. And my brain hurts. I have made flow charts and spread sheets and I still have no idea what is going to happen next. And whereas I might know where Saxonwold is, I am no closer to finding the elusive #Saxonwoldshebeen than I was yesterday. I am even beginning to think that it doesn’t actually exist and that is it a metaphor for something deep. I just don’t know what! And I can’t think right now! I just can’t.

South Africans find themselves in a very different place to where they were last week at this time. In the last seven days the head of the NPA Shaun Abrahams has withdrawn the criminal charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, the Courts have ruled that the Public Protector release her “State Capture” report, she has done so, and 355 beautifully constructed pages later, we are smarter and better informed. We have also had confirmation that we had not lost our minds by thinking that the President and his merry band are dishonest rogues who did indeed sell the country over a bowl of curry. We have been vindicated.

And we have been affirmed.

We have also been gob smacked by the quantum of the pillage and brazenness of the corruption. And we have wondered to ourselves what we would do if we were offered R600 Million to become a Minister of Finance to the Guptas. And if we are honest, we have contemplated if we would have been strong enough to say “No thanks” to bag-full of R600,000 in cash as a down payment. And we have been in awe of those who were courageous enough to do so. And we felt both proud and hopeful that there are at least a few honest politicians around.

But we still wonder what it is that we don’t know. And if we ever will.

And we saw politicians cry. Brian Molefe shed more than his load. Real tears. And I caught myself feeling that well known South African empathy, in the “Aag shame” sort of way. Cause no one wants to see that. Shame man. That was until I realized that the flood might well spring not from genuine remorse but from the fact that he got caught, was being publically humiliated and that he will now never go back to the #Saxonwoldshabeen, in Saxonwold. If it indeed exists on Planet Real. And that the Shabeen is not to ESKOM as Ithaca is to Ulysses.

And we saw magnificent unity. When Rabbis and Imams and Priests and Blacks and Whites and rich and poor and everyone in the middle joined to “Save South Africa.” The did so with dignity and respect. They followed the path of justice and were guided by the Constitution and the Judiciary. And the people of the South Africa won. Because even if President Zuma is still officially the President of the country, he is no one’s President at all. And everyone knows that. That is aside from the ANC Woman’s league who issues a statement that made sense neither grammatically or substantively, so it’s hard to say where they stand (but it’s usually by their man).

And yet as wonderful as the week was, the one thing missing from all of this is a genuine response from any of the parties accused of corruption.

Including the President himself.

No remorse.

No recognition that they have erred and that arrogance and greed is the underlying trait of the ruling party.

It is arrogance that allows the President to continue his Zimbabwean jaunt and it is arrogance that allows Shaun Abrahams to say that he has “Nothing’ to apologise for.

The head of the NPA needs to apologise to South Africa and the President has to say sorry to his people. And Brian Molefe has to cry because he has remorse and not because he got caught. And NEC needs to hang their collective heads in shame. Because they are culpable. And they need to accept that.

And mostly, Brian Molefe needs to either admit that there is no Saxonwold Shabeen or darn well tell us exactly where it is. Because he is the reason we all need a stiff double.

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